Quickstart Plugin Guide for WordPress

Assuming you’ve got your web host and your domain set up, it’s time to install wordpress and get rolling with essential WordPress plugins. If you haven’t gotten your web host or domain yet, check out this post for an overview.

This are the bare-bones, most efficient way to get up and running with your blog with the most essential WordPress plugins.

1. Yoast WordPress SEO

Probably the best feature of Yoast WordPress SEO is that you can import all of your titles, descriptions, and keywords from some of the other popular SEO plugins. Very visual in it’s layout, it makes a great beginners–>advanced SEO tool for WordPress.

2. Akismet

Get yourself a configuration key and activate it. This plugin blocks spam and is the universal choice of most WP’ers, mainly since it’s built in with current versions of WP.

3. All In One Favicon

A favicon is the little icon you see in your web browsers tab. This plugin lets you upload any size picture and in multiple formats (ICO, PNG, GIF). Another fun feature is that you can select a separate favicon for the backend part of your website too, so you don’t always have the WordPress icon on the site you spend most of your time on.

4. Simple Contact Form

It is what it is. Throws a small contact form wherever you want (pages, posts, homepage, etc…) and it’ll shoot you an email when someone has contacted you. Safer than throwing an email address on your site, and much friendlier than comments.

5. Twitter Tools 

Integrate your blog with Twitter and vice versa. Quick and easy ways to configure content dissemination.

These are the first 5 essential wordpress plugins I download/activate that help me suit up and look presentable. Hopefully this list will grow as we learn more.

Tim Ferris has a more in-depth look at WP plugins, which may be useful once your site is more legitimized and optimized. Check here for his article.

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